Jun
29
Fri
Accepting Docent Registration @ Trippett Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
Jun 29 – Sep 1 all-day

SIGN UP FOR DOCENT TRAINING PROGRAM. Registration open between June 29 – Sept 1.

Weekend training sessions start on September 8.

The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) is a non profit organization of volunteers in Topanga State Park. Each fall season our naturalist Docent Training Program is offered to introduce new volunteers to the program. Learn about the flora, fauna, natural history, and Native American cultures of the Santa Monica Mountains. Share the knowledge you’ll gain when you become a volunteer park docent with the TCD  for their public walks, school walks, or by greeting visitors at the Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch.

This training program is taught by highly respected educators and professional naturalists from local colleges, museums, and conservation-based institutions. If you’ve ever hiked the hills and canyons and have longed to share what you see, this training is perfect for you!

The classroom and in-the-field training takes place every other weekend on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trippet Ranch Visitor Center in Topanga State Park. In addition, five docent-led interpretive walks are on the alternate weekends, on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Topanga Canyon Docents Naturalist Training Starts September 8th!

 

Aug
2
Thu
“Keep It Wild! Malibu’s Mountains and Ocean” Photo Exhibit & Sale @ Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

Photographer Jazan Kozma’s “Keep It Wild” series is an ongoing project focused on exploring the natural wonders of the mountains and ocean in the Malibu area.  “My mission is to reveal the beauty of the land and ocean, the wildlife, and the cultural landscape of ancient peoples – to photograph the still-wild places that exist even within view of our domesticated world.” J.K.

A portion of the funds from art sales will be used to further the arts in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

The Call, California Sea Lions, Point Dume Natural Reserve, Malibu, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Falling Water, Malibu Creek, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Boney Falls, Santa Monica Mountains, CA. Photo: Jazan Kozma.

Aug
21
Tue
Hike in Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Tickets
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am
Hike in Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon | Beverly Hills | California | United States

Moderately paced 5 mile, 800 ft gain hike up and down a chaparral canyon, with a wonderful view of WLA and the Pacific Ocean, and beside a lake in the midst of Beverly Hills. Meet 7:30 AM at Franklin Park/Ranch parking lot. From 101 Fwy take Coldwater Canyon south 2 1/2 miles where it crosses Mulholland Drive West. Make a 90º turn onto Franklin Canyon Drive (sign reads Road Closed 800 yrds) and enter park. Pass upper parking lot at nature center, continue veering right around lake. Turn right at stop sign at bottom of lake, drive ½ mile and veer left on Lake Drive. Follow to end and park. Warning: Stop at camera monitored stop signs in park or you will be ticketed. Bring water, snack, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels.

Aug
25
Sat
Rattlesnake Aversion Training for Dogs @ Malibu Canyon Ranch Tickets
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am
Rattlesnake Aversion Training for Dogs @ Malibu Canyon Ranch | Calabasas | California | United States

While there is no solid database to confirm it, veterinarians across Southern California report that dogs are 20% more likely to be bitten by a rattlesnake than a human – that means an average of 360 dogs will be bitten by a rattlesnake this year!

Rattlesnakes attack the year round in southern California. Bites can be fatal and treatment can cost thousands of dollars. Make sure you keep your furry four-legged friend safe on hiking trails, camping trips, and other adventures you may go on this year! Our Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic will help keep both you and your pet safe. Fred Presson, of High on Kennels in San Diego, has years of experience in training dogs to alert to the sight, scent, and sound of a rattlesnake.

The clinics are conducted in a safe and controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, people, and rattlesnakes. The trainers have found that the best way to teach a dog to avoid rattlesnakes is to use live rattlesnakes, but they are humanely hooded so that they cannot bite. The snakes are placed out in a field setting and the dogs are fitted with an electronic training collar. The training process is repeated several times to assure you that your dog will know, and remember, how to avoid a rattlesnake.

The training sessions take 20-60 minutes on average, which includes check-in and the training. This assures that proper attention is given to all dogs. Appointments are available from 8am-5pm. SPACE IS LIMITED!! Register your dog now. Advanced payment of $80 per dog is required. NO refunds will be issued if cancellation is received within one week of the event.

Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons Tickets
Aug 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Volunteers Needed: Invasive Plant Removal @ Zuma Canyon Trailhead at Zuma/Trancas Canyons

Come help the National Park Service remove invasive Carnation Spurge from Zuma Canyon.

We will be hand pulling Carnation Spurge, an invasive weed to the Santa Monica Mountains. Gloves and training will be provided.

Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and a hat. Sunscreen is recommended. Be sure to bring a water bottle that you can refill.

We will be meeting and working at the Bonsall Dr. parking lot.

RSVP to Alix Sisolak at Alix_sisolak@contractor.nps.gov

Zuma Canyon includes restrooms, picnic area and beautiful hiking trails. Come work in the morning, and end with a picnic lunch!

 

Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista Tickets
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Native American Dance Demonstration @ Rancho Sierra Vista | California | United States

Kathy Willcuts and Steven Garcia will perform traditional Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Steven Garcia is of Yaqui-Mescalero, Tongva descent and will be performing Northern Traditional style. Kathy Willcuts will be performing traditional Shawl dancing from her Rosebud Lakota tribe. Each dance demonstration will have a brief explanation of the meaning of the dance. Steven and Kathy are dedicated presenters at the Satwiwa Culture Center. They each present various workshops throughout the year.

 

There are no reservations required to attend this evening program. Please wear layers for changing weather conditions and bring a flashlight. Feel free to bring camping chairs for comfortableness.

All ages welcome. If you have general questions about the location and directions please call the visitor center at 805-370-2301.

Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Park After Dark: The Stars of Paramount Ranch @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Go behind the scenes with a ranger and explore Paramount Ranch at night!

Ghosts of Paramount's Past Ranger Program

Enter a dark, empty town built for the movies. Stand on a dangerous abandoned racetrack. Gaze into the sky to see the stars that still shine here.

*Bring a flashlight, water, and wear sturdy shoes. Stargazing will be available if the sky is clear.

Aug
26
Sun
Rattlesnake Aversion Training for Dogs @ Malibu Canyon Ranch Tickets
Aug 26 @ 8:00 am
Rattlesnake Aversion Training for Dogs @ Malibu Canyon Ranch | Calabasas | California | United States

California report that dogs are 20% more likely to be bitten by a rattlesnake than a human – that means an average of 360 dogs will be bitten by a rattlesnake this year!

Rattlesnakes attack the year round in southern California. Bites can be fatal and treatment can cost thousands of dollars. Make sure you keep your furry four-legged friend safe on hiking trails, camping trips, and other adventures you may go on this year! Our Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic will help keep both you and your pet safe. Fred Presson, of High on Kennels in San Diego, has years of experience in training dogs to alert to the sight, scent, and sound of a rattlesnake.

The clinics are conducted in a safe and controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, people, and rattlesnakes. The trainers have found that the best way to teach a dog to avoid rattlesnakes is to use live rattlesnakes, but they are humanely hooded so that they cannot bite. The snakes are placed out in a field setting and the dogs are fitted with an electronic training collar. The training process is repeated several times to assure you that your dog will know, and remember, how to avoid a rattlesnake.

The training sessions take 20-60 minutes on average, which includes check-in and the training. This assures that proper attention is given to all dogs. Appointments are available from 8am-5pm. SPACE IS LIMITED!! Register your dog now. Advanced payment of $80 per dog is required. NO refunds will be issued if cancellation is received within one week of the event.

Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch Tickets
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Set to Screen @ Paramount Ranch | Agoura Hills | California | United States

Learn the secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Join us on this easy-paced walk behind the scenes to discover the illusions and history of this Ranch. Rain or predicted rain cancels. l hr.

Full Moon Hike at Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Park Tickets
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Full Moon Hike at Franklin Canyon @ Franklin Canyon Park | Beverly Hills | California | United States
Join us for our monthly full moon hike led by a Naturalist Volunteer. It will be a moderate hike that begins at the Franklin Canyon Ranch Parking Lot. This hike will approximately take 2 1/2 hours covering about 2.8 miles roundtrip.
Please bring water, snacks, have sturdy shoes and optional light source.